Perno wants final Tech game on May 9

ATHENS – If the twice-delayed third game of this year's Georgia-Georgia Tech game is going to be played, it's going to be played May 9 in Athens, Bulldogs coach David Perno said Thursday.

The game was originally scheduled for April 13, but was rescheduled for Wednesday. That game was bumped when Tuesday's regularly scheduled game at Turner Field was moved back a day due to weather.

Now, the Bulldogs have decided there's only one day left on the schedule where they can play their archrival at home, and Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall indicated Wednesday night that May 9 didn't work for his team because it would require the Yellow Jackets to play five games in five days.

Still, Perno floated the option on Thursday, he said.

"The ball's in Coach (Danny) Hall's court," Perno said. "I have to live with whatever they decide. I hope it works out, but if it doesn't, it doesn't."

As Perno pointed out, the Bulldogs have more pressing matters to take care of down the stretch, namely winning a few SEC games. Georgia, which started the season ranked in the nation's top 10 in every major poll for the first time in the program's history, is 6-11 in the conference with four SEC series remaining. The Bulldogs (22-18 overall) start a three-game series with No. 13 Alabama (30-13, 11-7) tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Tuscaloosa.

"We've got to win our conference games," Perno said. "That's where were have to take care of our business."

As of now, the Bulldogs are in 11th place in the 12-team league, and only the top eight teams qualify for next month's SEC Tournament. Although nine SEC teams made the conference tournament a year ago, traditional wisdom in the league always has been that a team needs to qualify for the conference tournament in order to get an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Sunday's 6-3 win over No. 21 Ole Miss and Wednesday night's 11-8 win over the No. 6 Jackets have given the Bulldogs a better feeling about themselves than they had two weeks ago.

"It just shows you that something's starting to click," first baseman Josh Morris said. "Hopefully, it'll keep clicking."

It's too early to say the Bulldogs are headed in the right direction, said Perno, who suggested his team needs to win eight of its 12 remaining SEC games to qualify for the conference tournament.

"I don't know if there's been a turnaround yet, it's just an attitude and a mentality," he said. "They've just got a different air of confidence about them that they haven't had; other than that, we're still the same team we were two weeks ago."

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